Debate of "green power" mandates ignores frustrations from public utility monopolies & regulatory Balkanization

http://mises.org/Community/blogs/tokyotom/archive/2009/05/23/why-does-everyone-calling-for-or-condemning-government-quot-green-power-quot-mandates-ignore-the-frustrations-resulting-public-utility-monopolies-and-regulatory-balkanization.aspx

The loud and incessant calls for - and criticism of - government-funded/mandated "green/clean power" pork both ignore root causes and potential common ground.  As a result, both sides of the debate are largely talking past each other, one talking about why there is a pressing need for government policy to address climate change concerns (concerns underscored by the May 19 MIT study), while the other is concerned chiefly about the likelihood of heavy-handed mis-regulation and wasted resources.  This leaves the middle ground unexplored.

While there are plenty of root causes for the calls for legislative and regulatory mandates in favor of clean / green / renewable power, such as:

  • concerns about climate change,
  • the political deal in favor of dirty coal under the Clean Air Act, 
  • the enduring role of the federal and state governments in owning vast coal fields (the royalties from which it does not distribute to citizens but go into the General Pork Pool), 
  • the unwillingness of state courts, in the face of the political power of the mining industry, to protect persons and private from pollution and environmental disruption created by mining,
  • the deep involvement of the government in developing, encouraging and regulating nuclear power,

the most obvious and proximate root cause is something that attracts far too little attention - the frustration of consumer demand for green energy, and the inefficient and inaccurate pricing and supply of electricity.



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